Friday 17 November 2017

'I call it terror'- Croatia manager slams those who threw flares during Czech Republic draw

Players stand on the pitch after flares were thrown onto the pitch during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016 (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Players stand on the pitch after flares were thrown onto the pitch during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016 (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Tom Rooney

Croatia’s manager and captain have heavily criticised the fans who threw flares onto the pitch during their 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic earlier today.

This afternoon in St. Etienne, the latest act of thuggish behaviour from those purporting to be supporters transpired.

With Croatia leading 2-0 thanks to strikes from Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic, fans in their designated end of the stadium hurled flares onto the field, one which appeared to explode while a steward was attempting to discard it.

Subsequently, the Czech Republic levelled the tie through Milan Skoda and a last gasp penalty from Necid.

Croatia have already been warned by UEFA for the use of flares by their fans during the victory over Turkey.

Post match, the Croatian captain Djarijo Srna, whose father passed away in the last week, expressed his exacerbation: “I'm fed up of having to answer questions about crowd trouble."

Meanwhile, manager Ante Cacic was far less diplomatic  in summarising the incident.

“I call it terror. They're hooligans. They're not fans. They don't belong in the stadium," he said.


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